Hello readers! Welcome to another GUEST POST WEEKEND here on A Loco Viva Voce. Today’s Guest Post is a poem written by Yvonne Anyaorah.
Yvonne is a Nigerian Lawyer, poet and freelance writer who is mainly interested in academic research and development, especially with regards to the rights of the Nigerian child. She has a Masters degree with commendation in Oil and Gas law from the University of Aberdeen. She is also a recipient of the National Essay Competition Award held in the year 2000 to commemorate Nigeria’s 40th independence anniversary. Her hobbies include travel, literature and collecting perfume bottles.
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Read Yvonne’s poem after the cut and enjoy!
Down by the culvert beyond our crescent
A man beggar sits with his legs crossed
His arms open wide beneath his chest
His hair like strings of mops linked apart.
I meet his gaze upon my faux organza clutch
And tossed a pound to the salver by his side
He smiled at me to mask a loss
A loss from the grip of his dignity.
I walk pass him, a thought in my mind
About his ripped clothes and dirty feet
Weary of his smiles as blank as an eel
I search for answers within my soul.
For my freedom far gone in a strange land
I am a beggar of some sort, I reckon
For all I wish and all I long for
Is to be embraced as more than a second class citizen-‘nuisance’.
His pains I feel,
His toils I know
And still, my time I bid.
For most as far as we come; we beg
In a desperate twilight, lovers implore
Even opulent kings in the tear of a battle submit
And politicians would to voters appeal.
Tis that we are all beggars as we come
We are all beggars
In different ways.
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